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Regulations for Foreign Investment in Commodity Exchanges
Mar '08
Futures trading in commodities are regulated under the Forward Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1952. Commodity Exchanges, like Stock Exchanges, are infrastructure companies in the commodity futures market.

With a view to infuse globally acceptable best practices, modern management skills and latest technology, it has been decided to allow foreign investment in Commodity Exchanges.

2. Definitions:

2.1 "Commodity Exchange" is a recognized association under the provisions of the Forward Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1952, as amended from time to time, to provide exchange platform for trading in forward contracts in commodities.

2.2 In terms of the Forward Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1952-

(a) "recognized association" means an association to which recognition for the time being has been granted by the Central Government under Section 6 of the Forward Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1952.

(b) "association" means any body of individuals, whether incorporated or not, constituted for the purposes of regulating and controlling the business of the sale or purchase of any goods and commodity derivative.

(c) "forward contract" means a contract for the delivery of goods and which is not a ready delivery contract.

(d) "commodity derivative" means-

(i) a contract for delivery of goods, which is not a ready delivery contract; or

(ii) a contract for differences which derives its value from prices or indices of prices of such underlying goods or activities, services, rights, interests and events, as may be notified in consultation with the Forward Markets Commission by the Central Government, but does not include securities.

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